The Essentials of Effective Psychotherapy: What We Know Works

10:00am - June 8, 2023 thru 2:30pm - June 8, 2023 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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If you want to increase successful outcomes with clients, attend this training! This interactive and dynamic training will operationalize the foundations of building rapport; the specific skills of active listening; and self-management techniques for our triggers, dysregulation, distractions; monitoring of time. This training uses visual and experiential learning to help participants expand their understanding of the essential components for effective treatment and the benefits it brings to clients. The Essentials of Effective Psychotherapy is open to everyone–from those who are new to mental health to seasoned counselors and practitioners.




Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the skills included in O.A.R.S. 
  • Practice the Basic OARS of rapport-building. 
  • Identify the systems of polyvagal theory related to self-regulation. 
  • Recognize triggers that activate the nervous system. 
  • Experience somatic strategies for slowing down, speeding up and letting go. 
  • Learn three methods for tracking time. 




Those who fully participate in this training will be eligible to receive 4 continuing education (CE) hours certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). CE certificates will be disseminated by the hosting agency (WAFCA).




Kelli Underwood

Kelli R. Underwood, LCSW

Kelli Underwood is a speaker, consultant and psychotherapist. Ms. Underwood received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University in1996. She was the Director of Child and Family Programs and a psychotherapist at the Center for Contextual Change (C.C.C.) in Chicago, a nationally renowned trauma treatment center, for fifteen years.. Kelli was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Master’s in Social Work Program for seven years. In 2013, Kelli moved to North Carolina and launched her own business providing speaking, consulting and psychotherapy. Kelli treats children, adolescents, adults and families impacted by all types of traumatic experiences. She is a behavioral and mental health consultant for school districts across North Carolina. Kelli trains and consults with school districts on restorative justice circles, trauma, and mental health. She conducts numerous trainings on a variety of topics surrounding trauma, concerning behaviors, mental health, compassion fatigue, and organizational change to healthcare professionals, educators, students and parents. She trains therapists on Transformative Insight Imagery, a holistic treatment technique.






The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.